• Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in western Nebraska, landmark for the Pony Express, Oregon, California and Mormon Pioneer national historic trails

    Oregon

    National Historic Trail ID,KS,MO,NE,OR,WY

Things To Do

Photo image of the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, Oregon.

End of the Oregon Trail Museum

There are a number of ways to enjoy the Oregon National Historic Trail including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments and visiting museums. Depending on which segment you would like to explore, some or all of these activities may be available.

Although the word "trail" is used in the name, the Oregon NHT is not a true hiking trail. With 2,170 miles of the original route now in the hands of various private and public entities, access to trail segments depends upon the permission of the land owner. Some segments are open to the public for hiking and other means of recreation, while others are not.

Following is a list of suggested activities for getting to know the Oregon NHT. Inquiries about trail segments not listed are best made locally. See the Links and Resources, Trail Sites and the Oregon Trail Auto Tour Route driving directions for more information.

Camping

The National Park Service does not offer any camping facilities along the trail. Inquire at local trail resource site for camping opportunities. (see Links and Resources page).

Short Hikes (usually less than 300 yards to trail ruts or historic sites)

Long Hikes (access to extensive trail segments)

  • South Pass Segment: Independence Rock to Parting of the Ways, 125 miles
  • South Pass near South Pass City, WY
  • Bear River Divide Segment: US 189 to WY 89, 31 miles
  • Blue Mountain Segment in LaGrande, OR to Mount Emily interchange off I-84: 17 miles
  • Boardman Segment at the Boardman Bombing Range, OR: 12 miles
  • Barlow Road Segment from Barlow Gate to Barlow Tollgate: 32 miles
4x4 and Horse Access (extensive trail segments)

  • Oregon Trail Road: Mills, WY to WYO-220 just north of Independence Rock, 41.5 miles
  • South Pass Segment: Independence Rock to Parting of the Ways, 125 miles
  • Parting of the Ways: end of the South Pass segment
  • Bear River Divide Segment: US 189 to WY 89, 31 miles
  • Blue Mountain Segment in LaGrande, OR to Mount Emily interchange off I-84: 17 miles
  • Barlow Road Segment from Barlow Gate to Barlow Tollgate: 32 miles

Trail Museums

Did You Know?

Bubbling, carbonated waters of Soda Springs, Idaho.

Sulphur Springs, near the community of Soda Springs, Idaho, intirgued many Oregon and California bound emigrants. Numerous diaries and journals note the bubbling soda waters and thermal pools - curiosities never before seen by most who passed this way in the 1840s-1860s. More...